Escrow has closed, We’ve moved the “stuff” we brought with us into the new home, and have 2 of the cars here. (2 others are “in the shop” as that was easier than doing the 2 car shuffle and they needed it ;-) Today I get to bring them home, too. Somehow…
One is about 42 miles away, the other more like 65. Due to a sporadic vertigo issue, the spouse is not happy with driving more than about 30 miles in a day… So I need to figure out how to Get ‘er Done on that. (Florida Friend is at the boat about 200 miles away, but perhaps an option later in the week).
We are now completely out of the temporary “Vacation Cottage” (i.e. dinky mobile home).
Moving in was an exercise in “What you don’t have but need or want”.
There’s a surprising amount of stuff you need or want to make a house “go”. We have a new $1700 recliner for the spouse ( it makes all the arthritic joints happy and she can sleep in it in “Zero Gravity” position until the beds get here). I’m sleeping on a Twin Size Serta Air Mattress about 2 feet high… that slowly leaks down to about 1 foot; 2 or 3 times a night and requests that I turn on the “Fill it up” pump. Which is OK I guess as I can usually use a run to the Little Room anyway.
Beds are ordered and supposedly arrive this week, or maybe next… The couch & love seat are back ordered into next December (something about motors from China for the built in recliners…)
I’ve bought Yet Another Cast Iron Frying Pan. These last a lifetime. I have 3 in storage in California… OTOH, they are cheap and durable, so there’s that. Also bought a few folding tray tables ($10 for small $14 for big at Walmart) and a folding card table along with some plastic lawn chairs for a “dining set”… Figure about $200 for the lot. I have a good set of pots and pans, along with slow cooker and electric skillet that I either brought with me or had in storage here (with F.F.). Also we’re using the Deluxe Disney silverware and plates that were mostly to be decorative / special occasions. (2 sets of Corelle from prior episodes of contract work “life on the road” and our set of Daily China in storage in California… so we’ll have “only” 4 sets of dishes when it all gets here… along with 2 other sets of silverware…)
Oh, and then there’s the cheap plastic food flipper, giant spoon, straining spoon, etc. from Walmart. 97 ¢ each. Eventually to be replaced with the good stuff that is, yes, in storage in Kalifornia… We’ve got a few blankets that came with the stuff I’d packed into the cars as padding, but bought a new set of towels. The list goes on.
So essentially I’ve been buying cheap temporary versions of things we need now for daily life, but have good ones in storage; or buying good ones if we have lousy ones in storage (or threw them out in Santa Clara like our old ratty towels, couch, beds…)
We got the electricity, garbage, and water swapped over to our name. Now we need to work out a better internet system. Presently on a T-Mobile network based Hot Spot but with the TV Unpacked and no longer on RV Park Basic Cable, running about $50 / week worth of “MB”. Spectrum sent us a flyer for $40 unlimited but didn’t bother to say if it was cable, wireless, or wired based. (I think they do cable?). Frontier is the prior provider to the house.
Any suggestions / horror stories about either Spectrum or Frontier appreciated as I’m basically clueless about both of them.
Oh, and I need to swap my medical plan from Kaiser (who are not in this service area) to something that is here. I’m “Medicare Advantage” or Plus or something. The one that gives you parts B & C. F.F. is not happy with Advantage Healthcare as they screwed up his medical records when they bought his regular provider; so they are not at the top of my list.
Oh, and we got car insurance swapped to Florida and all that car / license administrivia done.
I’ve also put about $800 of “prep” into the pantry and garden supplies. Including 2 big bags of 10-10-10 fertilizer and a small selection of seeds (just the basics).
I’m generally ready to get started on setting out some roots and similar things started from grocery store buys. Sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, manioc, etc. Most of these don’t look like edibles if you are not into gardening. Just some decorative leafy thing. Sweet Potatoes are in the Morning Glory family and just look like climbing morning glory vines / flowers, but the greens are edible along with the tubers. I’m looking to do a lot of that kind of plant. Things that do not shout “Food Garden” but instead look like landscaping. Runner Beans make big beautiful red and white flowers and don’t look like regular green beans, but the beans and leaves are also edibles. You get the idea. But doing that on about 300 foot of fence is going to take some time and work.
There’s a surprising amount of work to get through just to, essentially, camp in a new home until you get your stored stuff in place. More when you decide to do some landscaping too…
But at this point, this IS now our Home. No longer split between the Vacation Rental and here so no longer feeling “spread all over”. No longer divorced from dirt, so can literally start to put down roots. At this point, even while waiting for furniture to arrive, this is now Home. Just needs some decorating and furnishing…
And the “Stuff” in storage? Well, I do want to get it here, but it isn’t critical. Mostly things like some antique furniture we didn’t really use, some old computers I’d like to play with or have for nostalgia (my first Mac ;-), and a whole lot of books. (Every Star Trek book for about 20 years… for example). And some kitchen stuff we don’t really need, like my Kitchen Aid mixer and an electric wok. Want, yes. Need to have meals this week? Uh, no. Oh, and some tool boxes I really do want to get here, ’cause doing things like hanging pictures and tuning up cars is difficult with the $20 “Home Tools” assortment from Walmart… (Wrenches? Who needs wrenches, here, have a channel lock pliers instead… 8-(
So getting the stuff here is still an issue. But not an urgent one.
I’ve got a guy mowing the lawns. “Someday” I might make that a DIY thing. OTOH, at about $100 / month it takes a Looong time to make a $5000 lawn mower cost effective. When did everyone go to riding mowers and when did they become $4k to $8k things?
But that can wait.
At this point I’m pretty well set for “survival mode”, but would be happier with “settled in and just cruising” mode ;-) I think I’ll get there in about 2 months. Call it end of September.
The Big Question:
Will the world blow up before November? (When will gas become hard to get…)
The WEFies have decided to move on from Pandemic (since Monkey Pox / Schlong Pox is a dud) to Destruction Of Agriculture. We’ve got farmers Heavily Protesting in places as diverse as: Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Panama, Ecuador, maybe Canada and several other Latin American places (and some other Africa to Indian ocean / Pacific Islands) as they are all on the road to Sri Lanka type collapse of food supply. Food is essentially fertilizer and Diesel repackaged by plants. The WEF / UN / Agenda 2030 want to eliminate Diesel & fertilizer. Think about it…
Russia is very carefully keeping the EU on Natural Gas & Oil Life Support. Just enough to get through the summer. At this point, the “winter storage” is essentially empty. Even with normal supplies Germany can not get through winter without the stored gas. Germany is already Dead Man Walking.
So what’s likely to happen?
I see it as one of 2 ways:
1) The EU gives up on Ukraine and tosses in the towel. Says “Russia, it is yours. Sanctions are gone. Just send oil & gas.” Also tells the WEF to bugger off on fertilizer restrictions.
2) The EU continues to be America’s Bitch and insists on lots more WEF limits, support for Ukraine, and fertilizer bans.
I don’t expect #1 to happen. Even if it does, getting through winter without massive gas supplies (like running both N. Stream 1 & 2 full open) will be hard and some industries will shut down when it’s really cold.
I think it will be #2, as the polices will not change until the people in charge are changed, and they are not leaving right now.
In a #2 scenario, this is what I think happens:
a) No / limited gas and oil means Germany shuts down. Essentially all but minimal industry comes to a halt. Folks are trying desperately to find food and warmth. Chaos in the EU is the least we can expect. Perhaps a lot worse.
b) Lack of natural gas means you can’t run fertilizer plants. Having banned Russian fertilizer, and unable to make their own, along with the WEF insisting you ought to not be “allowed” to use it anyway, means massive crop failures across Europe and anywhere dependent on them for products (like parts of Africa / Middle East). Expect food riots next Spring when harvests from this planting season are supposed to come in, but will be too small and sparse to feed folks.
c) As German Industry halts, so does German Subsidy Cash to the Southern Nations. Italy (already with farmers near riot), Greece, Spain, Portugal, etc. all see the wisdom in bolting for the door and abandoning EU Mandates (such as the ban on Russian gas, oil, and fertilizer…). France, with a lot of private farms, listens to their farmers too, and exits the EU Stage Right. The Eastern Block, no longer seeing the benefit of EU membership when it is just them, and a shut down Germany, as sort of it, also bolt and the EU Collapses. (Note this is the worst case, it is possible that Russia might let enough gas flow to keep Germany alive, barely…)
d) The USA will try to keep everything looking great until the November elections are over. We don’t have a SHTF moment until next Winter / Spring (and that depends on how obviously stolen the mid-terms are.) IFF the election is clean, Republicans sweep the house, senate and governors, then we get back on the road to recovery and peace. However, if the Dims succeed in another steal, it will be obvious to all that we, the voter, no longer matter. A Coup and Insurrection by the Democrats installed Bidet and is keeping him POTUSino, with China buying the results it wants. All the Millions of folks who are just waiting to see the results, are done waiting.
e) In the case where WEF / China / UN are continuing to poison the USA Government: The States will start to break up the union. Florida & Texas will Just Say No, to Fed mandates on crap. (Texas will say “Heeeall No!” with spurs on…) Much of the South & Midwest will align against the “Coastal Elites” in the Bos-Wash corridor and Kalifornia / Oregon / Washington State. It will be interesting to see how the Blue Blobs deal with no food or fuel from the Red States.
At that point I’ve pushed the crystal ball as far as I can. Does it go to Civil War II or do we break up into 2 nations? No idea. IF the Republicans get a congressional mandate can / will they recover the USA enough to heal? Maybe, maybe not. We’ll have to check in at the time of the elections.
Between now than then is all Prep Time. Store enough of what you need to make it through at least 6 months (a year would be better). Have at least a small stand by generator / source of electricity. Keep the car tanks full. Be prepared to defend against the unprepared, and get to know your neighbors.
The UK has made the excellent step of getting out of the EU before this all blows up. Folks in the UK ought to be OK; modulo the need to get some new non-WEF rules and trading relationships in place in time.
The EU is, IMHO, already Dead Man Walking. Fuel is already too short to make it through this winter. Folks are mostly NOT preparing as they don’t do a 6 months / 1 year “look ahead” at things like food and fuel. With fertilizer supplies shutting down in the EU, next crop is already a dud (but folks will be living off of last harvest so won’t notice until too late). Folks who are cold, starving, and in the dark ( did I mention no gas for electricity generation?…) will riot. It will make the present Farmers Protest look like an Easter Parade. I have no idea how to prep in a European City. It will not go well.
So that’s my take on things as of now.
I figure I have about 3 more months to “get it all done” on moving my stuff, finishing my full prep, getting the garden into a productive mode, Plus+ Up the generator / fuel storage, and generally prepare for What May Come. All while hoping for a nice return to the Old Normal in November. I’m going to try to be done in less than 2.
But as usual in war: No battle plan long survives contact with the enemy. I can only hope it is the Chinese / WEF / UN plan that hits the rocks and not mine / RNC / American Patriots / Farmers Globally / the rest of us.